Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 8 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H1'ed 7/11/13

How Would Our Forefathers Judge the NSA LEAKER?

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   5 comments
Message Dale Schlundt
Become a Fan
  (2 fans)

Founding Fathers
Founding Fathers
(Image by cliff1066â„¢)
  Details   DMCA

Founding Fathers by cliff1066 Â"

With the recent events of the National Security Agency's leaks, our government is doing all in its power to obtain custody of Edward Snowden. It is without a doubt that I argue this is no longer only a controversy over this one individual. Not to be overlooked is the effort our government is putting forth to set a precedent-- a precedent that dissuades Americans from this type of behavior in the future. However, what would the founders of the United States say to these types of actions? This is not as straightforward of a question as you might believe.

   After one dives into a deep study of early American politics, what is seen is that there was never a unified consensus on the true role of government. For example, the question of how much power should be held between the people vs. the federal administration (ex: Republican vs. the Federalist Party) has been a plaguing question since the creation of our country.   Why do we have the Constitution? It is not because it was the first outline for how to structure our new government. Rather, because our first (The Articles of Confederation,) was not nearly strong enough, in terms of the relation between state and the federal authority. Hence, now we have "the law of the land", federal superseding individual state laws. Allow me to remind you, given all this controversy and we have not yet left the 1700's at this point.

   We should not be misled, the founding fathers, although a group of people I highly admire, had their share of shortcomings. A large majority had either come from higher socio-economic classes or at least had reached that place in society by the time of our independence. Thus, the majority did not feel the average person was capable to or should even have an excessively strong voice in the new country's political decisions. Hence, we are presently represented, rather than active agents in our government today.

However, we have to remember that we are all products of our time. I believe most historians, myself included, would argue that our forefathers were very pragmatic and forward looking thinkers. Despite their class biases, they offered many freedoms that the status quo in almost all other countries withheld from their citizens in the 18th century and prior. As I noted in my one of my previous articles, "Political Leadership" I Knew I Forgot Something. (Let Us Give our American History Meaning)", Jefferson states, " When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When governments fear the people, there is liberty. " Of course we can not speak for our founding fathers, we can only make an educated guess as to their true ideologies, based off their actions and other primary evidence available to us. However, if I had the opportunity to ask some of these free thinkers, I believe at least a few would look upon the NSA Leaker with somewhat cautious, but admirable respect. Keeping in mind that our country was founded on the basis that too much government is undesirable in a free society.


Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Supported 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Dale Schlundt Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Dale Schlundt holds a Master's Degree in Adult Education with a concentration in American History from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is currently an Adjunct Professor for Palo Alto College. Dale's new book Education Decoded (A (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Re-thinking Military Involvement in the Middle East

Snowden, Modern Day Patriot

The Abandoned American Indian of the U.S.

The Need to Teach Students How to Practice Active Listening

History Teaches Students How To Be Vigilant in the 21st Century

How Would Our Forefathers Judge the NSA LEAKER?

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend